https://www.petmd.com/news/rss en Dallas PawFest Showcases Dog and Cat Videos, Portion of Proceeds Will Go to Rescues https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/dallas-pawfest-showcases-dog-and-cat-videos-portion-proceeds-will-go-rescues-37477 Image via Cat Video Festival/Facebook
 
Video curator Will Braden will be hosting the Dallas VideoFest PawFest on Thursday, August 23, at The Texas Theater to showcase short cat and dog videos packaged as a full-length movie. A portion of the ticket sales will go to pet rescue and adoption groups.
 
The reel has a running time of 80 minutes and features 125 dog and cat clips carefully curated by Braden. The clips are edited into montages with intro cards, complete with a soundtrack, and each montage is classified into themes like drama and comedy.
 
"What I don’t want is being in a theater and having the same experience of watching these videos on your laptop,” Braden tells Dallas Observer. “I put them into categories so it feels like an experience where you’re watching these very short videos.”
 
Braden’s pet movie festival began in Minneapolis in 2012 at the Walker Art Center as an outdoor event. The videos he showed were curated cat videos, plus submissions from local cat owners. It was the Art Center’s most popular event for four years. It was here that he premiered his monochrome film, Henri, le Chat Noir, which then went viral.
 

 
The success of the event spurred Braden to start CatVideoFest, an official organization with the purpose of “bringing the joy of cat videos to the masses and raising money for cats in need,” according to the website’s About page. Now, Braden arranges and hosts events around the world to showcase his cat videos.
 

 
The board of the Dallas VideoFest got word of CatVideoFest and wanted to bring it to their community. The partnership spawned the 2017 cat-centric film festival event, which was a huge hit. In fact, it was so popular that the team decided to make it an annual event and include dog video clips, renaming it PawFest.
 
“When I started putting dog videos into the reel, it was a challenge because dogs videos, we find them funny, but not in the same way that we find cat videos funny," Braden tells the Dallas Observer. "If a cat falls off a chair, we laugh, but if a puppy falls off, we go, 'Oh no, I hope he’s OK.'”
 
A portion of ticket sales will be funneled to dog and cat rescue and adoption groups like Cat Matchers and Straydogs Inc. and MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs.
 
"Big, big cities should have something like this," Braden tells the outlet. "None of this would work if we weren't doing this for cats and dogs who need help."
 
All the clips are G-rated, and audiences of all ages are encouraged to attend. Tickets for the Dallas VideoFest PawFest are $15. 
 
 
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A Theme Park in France Has Enlisted Birds to Help Clean Up Litter https://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/theme-park-france-has-enlisted-birds-help-clean-litter-37463  
 
Large theme parks welcome thousands upon thousands of visitors a day, which means there is a lot of garbage to be picked up. A theme park in France has enlisted a very unique team to help reduce litter around their park.
 
Puy du Fou theme park has trained and hired a group of rooks—a particular bird species in the crow family—to pick up small pieces of litter around the park. They bring these pieces of litter back to a small box, which then dispenses a reward of bird food.
 
Six avian employees have been enlisted to help maintain a clean theme park. According to NPR, Boubou, Bamboo, Bill, Black, Bricole and Baco started their new jobs this past Sunday on August 13.
 
Nicolas de Villiers, president of the Puy du Fou theme park, explains to AFP News that the rooks are great for the job because they are quite intelligent and “like to communicate with humans and establish a relationship through play.”
 
Villiers also explains to NPR that “The purpose of the crows ... is to educate the people, to open their minds, to think, 'OK, the birds are able to do something that we are much more able to do than them, so we should do this by ourselves.'”
 
The rooks prompt visitors to think twice about littering and serve as a unique way to remind people that if a bird can throw it out, so can you!
 
 
 
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Clear the Shelters Campaign Helps Shelter Pets Find Forever Homes https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/clear-shelters-campaign-helps-shelter-pets-find-forever-homes-37455  
To help try to close that gap, an annual campaign called “Clear the Shelters” was launched in 2015. This campaign spreads awareness about pet adoption and encourages people to adopt shelter dogs and shelter cats.
 
People.com says, “Clear the Shelters is an annual, community-driven, nationwide pet adoption campaign put together by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.”
 
This year, it starts at the beginning of August and runs until August 18, 2018. On this day, NBC and Telemundo will work with hundreds of animal shelters and rescues across the US to help potential pet parents find their new perfect furry family member. To help encourage pet adoptions, the participating shelters will either greatly reduce or completely waive adoption fees.
 
According to Clear the Shelters, “Last year, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters across the country. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 153,651 pets find forever homes.
 
To find a participating animal shelter or rescue, check out the Clear the Shelters website.
 
On August 25, tune into NBC to watch celebrity Jane Lynch recap all of the success stories over the course of August. Telemundo stations will also air a special program to recap and share adoption stories.
 
Be sure to tune in to watch some feel-good pet adoption stories!
 

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Scientist Found a Prehistoric Horse in Siberia That Is 40000 Old https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/scientist-found-prehistoric-horse-siberia-40000-old-37454  
According to the Siberian Times, scientists found a completely preserved prehistoric horse in the Batagai depression—a tadpole-shaped crater in the Yakutia region of Siberia. They believe he was about 3 months old when he died during the Paleolithic period. 
 

Photo via The Siberian Times
 
According to the Siberian Times, Semyon Grigoryev, head of the world famous Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, says that the "foal was completely preserved by permafrost."
 
The Siberian Times also states that the horse was "was buried at a level of around 30 metres in the tadpole-shaped depression, which is a ‘megaslump’ one kilometre long and around 800 metres wide."
 

Photo via The Siberian Times
 
Grigoryev’s team is currently studying foil samples to determine the exact time when it lived. The found horse was perfectly preserved with no visible wounds on its body.
 
According to Grigoryev, the horse has "completely preserved dark-brown hair, its tail and mane, as well as all internal organs...there are no visible wounds on its body … This is the first find in the world find of a pre-historic horse of such a young age and with such an amazing level of preservation."
 
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Arizona Dog Is Screaming His Way to Internet Fame
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TSA Employs Dogs to Reduce Waiting Time at the Airport https://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/tsa-employs-dogs-reduce-waiting-time-airport-37453 Image via atiger/Shutterstock.com
 
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to deploy more bomb-sniffing dogs to airport checkpoints, a program that may significantly reduce airport security waiting times.
 
By implementing bomb-sniffing dogs, passengers who aren’t TSA PreCheck members can get some, but not all, of the privileges offered to those who are. Some of these privileges include keeping shoes, belts and jackets on their person and keeping liquids and electronics in their carry-on bags when passing through metal detectors.
 
After these passengers are screened by the dogs, they may enter through a newly designed security line that doesn’t require the removal of these articles.
 
The plan to deploy more “canine teams” (dog and handler) to more airports could begin as early as fall 2018. However, the airports that will participate have not yet been determined.
 
Bomb-sniffing dogs are currently being utilized at the San Francisco, Oakland and Mineta San Jose International Airports. Oakland International Airport (OAK) spokesperson Keonnis Taylor tells SFGATE that so far the program has been going very well.
 
“Explosive Detection Canine teams are enhancing our ability to screen passengers at OAK,” she tells the outlet. “We currently have two out of four canine teams fully certified, and look forward to the certification of the remaining teams prior to the holiday season rush.”
 
 
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Startup Offers Air-Conditioned Dog Houses Outside Places That Don’t Allow Dogs https://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/startup-offers-air-conditioned-dog-houses-outside-places-dont-allow-dogs-37452 Image via DogSpot/Facebook
 
New York-based startup called DogSpot wants to offer climate-controlled huts for dogs outside of places where pets aren’t allowed.
 
These temporary, vet-approved dog houses provide a comfortable, cozy and clean area for dogs to relax in while their owners make quick stops while running errands.
 
Already, the company has installed 50 air conditioned dog houses in nine states. Several of these “sidewalk sanctuaries” were set up at 10 service centers along the New York State Thruway, allowing travelers to make worry-free pits stops with their pup in tow.
 
“We’re outside of places that don’t allow dogs, like grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, libraries pharmacies and rest areas,” DogSpot communications director Rebecca Eyre tells New York Upstate.
 
According to the DogSpot website, the houses come with additional features, including a Puppy Cam that can be accessed via the DogSpot App and a UV light that sanitizes and kills bacteria, viruses and mold after each use. The housing is also vet-approved and remotely monitored by their team at headquarters.
 
The inspiration for this project came from Brooklyn-based dog parent Chelsea Brownridge, who wanted to spend more time with her dog. She found she had to leave her Terrier mix rescue, Winston, home more often than she’d like just because she needed to go somewhere that doesn’t allow dogs. So she created DogSpot.
 
DogSpot’s goal is to create a safer and friendlier environment for dogs out in public, so pet parents can spend more time with their dog. If you want to bring these air conditioned dog houses to your area, you can send DogSpot a request to come to your city.
 
 
 
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Firefighters Rescue a Swearing Parrot Stranded on a Roof https://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/firefighters-rescue-swearing-parrot-stranded-roof-37451  
Officers from the London Fire Brigade (LFB) answered quite the unconventional call on Monday, August 13. A blue and yellow Macaw parrot named Jessie had been stuck on her owners’ roof for three days and still hadn’t come down. There were fears that the distressed parrot might have been injured, which could be the reason she hadn’t come down.
 
When the fire crew arrived at the scene, the instructions were clear: take a bowl of food up, bring a soft, fluffy white towel, and, most importantly, say “I love you” to Jessie.  
 
The firefighter had followed all given instructions, and it seemed that Jessie was starting to warm up to him, as the talking parrot responded with, “I love you.”
 
But soon, things started to fly—er, turn—south.
 
The talking parrot started to fire off profanities, and told the firefighter to “f*** off.”
 
Chris Swallow from the Green Watch team at Edmonton fire station spoke to Metro UK about the unique incident: “Jessie had been on the same roof for three days and there were concerns that she may be injured which is why she hadn’t come down. We then discovered that she had a bit of a foul mouth and kept swearing, much to our amusement.”
 
Jessie, however, wasn’t injured, and in fact, had her own agenda. After the talking parrot got her final last curse words in, she then flew off on her own to another roof, then to a tree where she was later reunited with her owner.
 
There were no hard feelings from the LFB after the encounter with the swearing parrot. Jessie’s owner later released a video where the parrot coyly says thank you to the LFB.
 
The LFB noted that firefighters should only be called as a last resort for stranded animals.
 
“As with this incident, the RSPCA should be contacted in the first instance and we would always urge people to do the same if they see an animal stuck or in distress. If the RSPCA require our assistance, they will call us and we are happy to assist with our specialist equipment,” said a spokesperson from the LFB.
 
 
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Community Cat Garden Gives Feral Cats a Second Chance at Life https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/community-cat-garden-gives-feral-cats-second-chance-life-37450  
In Milpitas, California, a humane society has launched a unique program to help give feral cats a second chance at life, and potentially, adoption.
 
The Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) has a unique program that is specifically designed to help feral cats adjust to life with humans, even if it is just as working cats. The program is called the Marilyn & Fred Anderson Community Cat Garden.
 
Carol Novello, president of the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, explains to ABC 7 news, “A feral cat coming into a shelter is actually a death sentence because there aren't alternatives in some cases for those animals.” She continues, “So we wanted to come up with an alternative so that those animals were given the second chance that they deserve.” And that is what spurred the creation of the community cat garden.
 
According to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley website, “Traditional home adoptions aren’t for every cat which is why we created the Garden Cat Adoption Program. Cats available for adoption in the Garden Cat program are looking for a home in settings such as a barn, warehouse, corporate campus or plant nursery. In exchange for room and board these cats help their owners by keeping rodents away.”
 
The community cat garden currently houses up to 12 cats, but they are looking to expand it to 24 cats. Some of the cats end up learning how to trust humans and can be transitioned into life in a home, while the others can be adopted as working cats.
 
So far, the Marilyn & Fred Anderson Community Cat Garden program has led to 260 adoptions, and the number is still growing.
 

Video via ABC 7 news
 
 
 
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Arizona Dog Is Screaming His Way to Internet Fame https://www.petmd.com/news/lifestyle-entertainment/arizona-dog-screaming-his-way-internet-fame-37434  
Meet Mo, an American Staffordshire Terrier that is stealing the heart of thousands with his hilarious 'scream.'
 
Watching funny dog videos is always a good way to start your day. Thousands have seen the video of Mo the dog screaming, which went viral on his Instagram account.
 
 

Video via FOX 10
 
When can you catch this dog screaming? According to azcentral, Mo screams at pigeons, cars and people passing by, and it’s his “preferred form of getting attention.”
 
Before Mo Became Internet Famous
 
According to azcentral, Mo was found by his owner a little over a year ago. He was "wandering the streets of Phoenix without a home during one of the city's hottest summers on record."
 
Kristin Allen, his owner, called him over, and he wagged his tail the whole way. Allen wanted to make sure that a family wasn't looking for him, so she "took the advice of the animal care workers and decided to leave Mo for 72 hours—enough time to make sure his owners weren’t out there somewhere."
 

Photo via mothescreamingstaffy/Instagram
 
In three days, no one came to claim Mo, so he was immediately adopted by Allen. The rest is history.
 
This Is Just the Beginning

On the way home, Mo gave a good 'scream' in the car. According to azcentral, this is Mo's hysterical way of getting attention.
 

Photo via mothescreamingstaffy/Instagram
 
Today, Mo has almost 60,000 followers and counting, and his viral video is soon to become one of the best funny dog videos on the internet.
 
Mo's latest screaming video puts us over the edge—he's rocking shades, people!
 

Photo via mothescreamingstaffy/Instagram
 
We're glad that this American Staffordshire Terrier found his forever home and that people around the world have discovered Mo's Instagram account to watch his journey—one scream at a time.
 
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Vacaville Police Rescue 60 Shelter Animals Before Nelson Fire Strikes https://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/vacaville-police-rescue-60-shelter-animals-nelson-fire-strikes-37433  
According to the Sacramento Bee, the Nelson Fire started around 5 p.m. on Friday, August 10, and “burned through 2,162 acres between Fairfield and Vacaville in Solano County,” in California.
 
Thankfully, as of Sunday morning, the Cal Fire website reported that it has been 100 percent contained.
 
However, while the fire was tearing through Vacaville, it started to edge closer and closer to the SPCA of Solano County, where around 60 animals reside.
 
The Vacaville Police Department explains, “As the Nelson Fire raced towards the south end of town, it looked like the Solano SPCA would be the first to be hit by the flames. Our officers worked with Humane Animal Services, SPCA staff and volunteers to evacuate all they could in a race against the clock.”
 

 
The above video is body camera footage from one of the police officers who helped to safely evacuate all 60 of the animals housed within the SPCA of Solano County building.
 
The Vacaville community then joined together to open their homes to these animals and provide temporary foster homes until the SPCA of Solano County can clean up and become fully operational again. Paws crossed that some of these foster homes turn into forever homes!
 

 
The SPCA of Solano County may have narrowly escaped the fire, but their building still suffered damage from smoke and lack of power. Luckily, the public has been more than willing to help by donating food and supplies.
 
In a Facebook post, they say, “Thank you for all the food that was donated. We now have plenty of food for the animals. What we are in need of now is bedding for the animals, towels, blankets, etc and cleaning supplies. Paper towels, large trash bags, bleach etc.”
 
They are also asking for financial support and donations to help them replace their supplies of refrigerated medications, vaccines and other medical supplies. For more information on how to help, check out their Facebook page.
 
 
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Special Needs Students Paired With Rescue Dogs Training to be Service Animals https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/special-needs-students-paired-rescue-dogs-training-be-service-animals-37432 Image via Kids and Canines/Facebook
 
 
The Kids and Canines program at Tampa’s Dorothy Thomas School pairs students with special needs with service animals in training--an initiative that provides an invaluable learning experience for both the children and the dogs.
 
“I’ve had kids who say I hate school. I hate you,” Kids and Canines executive director Kelly Hodges tells ABC Action News. “But they love their dogs.”
 
According to the outlet, many students in the program were labeled as being disruptive in other schools, and were thus asked to leave. At Dorothy Thomas School, however, these kids are welcomed with open arms.
 
The Kids and Canines program gives special needs students the opportunity to learn and practice behaviors that can be helpful for them later on in life--behaviors like compassion and empathy. The students also learn how to groom and train the dogs.
 
Not only are the kids benefiting from this program, but the dogs are as well. Many of the dogs in the Kids and Canines program come from animal shelters, and, by way of the program, are training to become service dogs. If the school year goes well, these ex-shelter dogs will be qualified to assist military veterans with PTSD or children with autism.
 
While the dogs are in training for the year, they will need foster homes. To learn more about this program and how you can get involved, visit kidsandcanines.org.
 
 
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Cat Sanctuary Hiring Caretaker to Look After 55 Cats on a Greek Island https://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/cat-sanctuary-hiring-caretaker-look-after-55-cats-greek-island-37423 Image via God's Little People Cat Resuce/Facebook
 
God’s Little People Cat Rescue announced in a Facebook post last week that they are offering a paid job that would require one lucky cat lover to live on a small Greek island and care for over 55 cats.
 
The post quickly garnered the attention of many; the post has over 20,000 reactions and 25,000 shares so far. And it’s no wonder—the founder and owner of the sanctuary, Joan Bowell, makes an offer any die-hard cat fan would find hard to refuse.
 
Bowell explains that the position will be “on a little Greek island called Syros,” which she describes as a small paradise. The sanctuary is located in a secluded nature preserve that is noted to be tranquil in the winter and busy in the summer.
 
The caretaker will receive a salary and will live in a fully paid “semidetached modern tiny house with its own garden” and a view of the Aegean Sea. The chosen applicant is expected to work just four hours a day.
 
There are some caveats, however. You must be able to handle many cats and “rest comfortably in your own company,” she says in the post. Plus, you’ll need to be able to drive a manual car.
 
“From experience the job is most suitable for someone 45+ years of age, who’s responsible, reliable, honest, practically inclined--and really, with a heart of gold,” she says.  
 
As you’ll be expected to care for, feed and medicate many cats, veterinarians and trained vet nurses will have special consideration.
 
The job is long-term, but a minimum of six months is required. If you’d like to apply, you can submit an application along with a photo to joanbowell@yahoo.com. Interested applicants have until the end of August to submit their applications. 
 
 
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New York Rangers Welcome Autism Service Dog Named Ranger to the Team https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/new-york-rangers-welcome-autism-service-dog-named-ranger-team-37422  
Meet the newest addition to the New York Rangers hockey team—a 6-month-old Labrador Retriever puppy named Ranger. It was announced on August 7 that the yellow lab would join the NHL team for a year to learn the unique skills needed to become a professional service dog for autistic children.
 
The arrangement came about through a partnership between the New York Rangers and BluePath, a nonprofit organization that provides autism service dogs for “safety, companionship and opportunities for independence.”
 
Michelle Brier, vice president of marketing and development at BluePath, spoke with US Weekly, saying, “We are so excited to partner with the New York Rangers to raise understanding and awareness for autism and of the importance of service dogs in the world.”
 
Ranger has definitely made himself at home with the team. Already he is learning how to be a puck handler, and his favorite pre-game treat is peanut butter.
 
Ranger has even cultivated a social media presence with almost 14K followers on Instagram and more than 6K followers on Twitter.  Just a few days ago, the pup shared a video of himself first getting on the ice, saying: “I need to get some new skates, this was a ruff start!” The hockey pup even had a shout-out from the Twitter account Twitter Sports, who declared him as an MVP, Most Valuable Pup.  
 
So, what do some of the players from the Rangers think of the newest addition?
 
Rangers’, favorite player, Adam Graves—or “Grrrrrraves”—former left wing for the Rangers, welcomed the adorable service dog onto the team with a “shake.” And Kevin Shattenkirk, defenseman for the team, mentioned in a tweet that the yellow lab just might be his favorite teammate.  
 
Throughout the year, you’ll be able to track Ranger’s progress with the New York Rangers on Facebook and Twitter via #NYRPupOnAPath.  
 
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You Can Adopt an Airport TSA Dog Who Failed Their Training https://www.petmd.com/news/lifestyle-entertainment/you-can-adopt-airport-tsa-dog-who-failed-their-training-37421  
Not all dogs are cut out for the working dog lifestyle—especially when it comes to airport TSA security dogs or drug-sniffing dogs. These canine careers require a very particular temperament.
 
Since the dogs selected for these service dog careers are chosen as puppies, their personalities are still developing, and it may be decided that they are not suited for the job. However, instead of feeling sorry for these pups, you can actually apply to adopt one!
 
The Insider explains, “While many service dogs do graduate and go on to have successful careers, there are a number of reasons they can be dropped from their programs, including nervousness, lack of drive and a personality that doesn't fit the gig.”
 
For service dog training dropouts, there are plenty of organizations dedicated to finding them the perfect homes. Through the TSA Canine Training Center Adoption Program, you can apply to adopt one of their dogs.
 
According to the TSA website, the dogs available are usually between two to four years old; however, on occasion, they do have older retired dogs available for adoption as well. The most common breeds they have for adoption are Labrador Retrievers and German Shorthaired Pointers.
 
While adopting an airport TSA dropout is an intriguing idea, it is important to remember it is a commitment. The TSA website makes sure to specify that there will be an adjustment period for these dogs when it comes to transitioning into a home.
 
The website explains, “Dogs that fail training for government work typically have some explosives detection training. The dogs are highly active and in most cases, will require a lot of attention, additional training and significant exercise. They are crate-trained, but not house-trained. Most dogs have not been exposed to small children or animals other than dogs.”
 
So just like any other animal adoption, patience and understanding are necessary as part of the process.
 
 
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Pittsylvania County, Virginia Celebrates Opening of New Dog Park https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/pittsylvania-county-virginia-celebrates-opening-new-dog-park-37420  
Community members of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, gathered to celebrate the official opening of the county pet center’s new dog park this week on Thursday morning. The community has felt the need for a place to let their dogs run around and play with other furry companions for a while. After raising money through donations and receiving help from several community members, the county’s pet center was finally able to create a dog park to provide for such a space.
 
Students from the county’s career and technical center created the sign for the dog park. Additionally, the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region and Chatham Rotary Club donated around $35,000 to express their support. The help provided, both monetarily and otherwise, shows the level of importance that the community as a whole places on pets. This sentiment was expressed by Makena Yarbrough, the executive director of Lynchburg Humane Society that runs the pet center, while addressing community members during the inaugural celebrations.
 
In addition to the county officials and community members, several dogs were also present at the ribbon cutting to be included in the celebration. The dog park is divided into two areas based on the size of dogs, in order to give the best chance for dogs to make furry friends of their own size without getting into a scuffle. On Thursday morning, several dogs were seen happily playing in the area designated for larger dogs weighing more than 40 pounds.
 
This dog park is not only meant for pet parents to bring their dogs to. It also provides an opportunity for pet shelters to engage with the public and introduce them to dogs for adoption. Several community members have expressed that they are looking forward to having dogs for adoption present in the dog park for them to play with and potentially provide forever homes to. 
 
 

 
 
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2018 Brings New Highs for Pet Industry https://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/2018-brings-new-highs-pet-industry-37419  
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) released their annual report on the “Pet Industry Market Size & Ownership Statistics,” and it shows that pet parents are spending more than ever on their fur babies.
                           
In 2017, pet parent expenditures totaled $69.51 billion; however, for 2018, the APPA is estimating that pet parents will have spent around $72.13 billion.
 
The APPA estimates that within US markets, the majority of spending will be on food, followed by pet supplies and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine. Their full estimated breakdown for 2018 pet parent spending in the pet industry is as follows:
 
Food – $29.88 billion
Supplies/OTC Medicine – $15.51 billion
Vet Care – $18.26 billion
Other Services – $6.47 billion
Live animal purchases – $2.01 billion
 
These pet parent spending statistics are not just limited to dogs and cats, though. The APPA accounts for expenditures on pet supplies for all pets: dogs, cats, birds, horses, freshwater fish, saltwater fish, reptiles and small animals.
 
According to the APPA’s most recent National Pet Owners Survey, the number of US households that own a pet is on the rise as well:
 
Dog – 60.2 million
Cat – 47.1 million
Freshwater Fish – 12.5 million
Bird – 7.9 million
Small Animal – 6.7 million
Reptile – 4.7 million
Horse – 2.6 million
Saltwater Fish – 2.5 million
 
The ever-increasing pet parent spending and pet ownership trends indicate that not only are more people making pets are part of their family, but that pet ownership attitudes are evolving as well. Pets are fast becoming considered family members who deserve plenty of pampering, spoiling and care.
 
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Esther Is the Largest Animal to Ever Receive a CT Scan in Canada https://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/esther-largest-animal-ever-receive-ct-scan-canada-37418 Image via estherthewonderpig/Instagram
 
Esther the Wonder Pig made history on August 8th when she became the largest animal to receive a CT Scan in Canada.
 
Esther--who is 650 pounds--came down with a mystery illness in November. However, due to her unusually large size, veterinarians from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph said she could not be diagnosed.
 
“We thought she was having a heart attack,” Esther’s owner Steve Jenkins tells the Toronto Sun. He says it was the worst feeling knowing she was sick.
 
The only scanner large enough to fit  650-pound pet pig is called the Pegaso CT Scanner—the largest of its kind in the world. Unfortunately, this device was only available in the U.S. at the time, and there was a lot of red tape to transport Esther there and back.
 
Esther’s two owners, Jenkins and Derek Walter, wouldn’t let travel challenges get in the way of bringing their sweet pet pig back to good health. The two decided to start fundraising to bring the scanner to Canada to help not just Esther, but other large animals who are in need.
 
“This device will open countless doors for the medical professionals at OVC, and allow them to accurately diagnose/treat large animals in a way that was previously impossible,” the duo wrote in a Facebook post. “This machine will benefit so many animals too, from horses and pigs, to lions and gorillas. Animals that until now, were typically overlooked.”
 
Following Esther’s CT Scan, Jenkins and Walter say they are looking forward to establishing Esther’s treatment plan. “And until then, please think happy thoughts,” the post says.
 
You can follow Esther the Wonder Pig’s journey on her Facebook page.
 
 
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Boy Is Reunited With Lost Therapy Cat After Two Months https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/boy-reunited-lost-therapy-cat-after-two-months-37417  
According to MyCampbellRiverNow, a lost therapy cat named Carlos was “discovered in a ‘heavily wooded rural area’ after going missing for about two months."
 

Bryan Baker, president of the Kitty Cat Prevent-A-Litter-Society (Kitty Cat P.A.L.S), said that "two months ago, we were in touch with a mother whose family cat had gone missing and she wanted tips on how to get the cat back."
 

Deb Wilson and her family attempted to find Carlos, but weeks had gone by, and they were still unable to find their missing cat.
 
Although Baker feared the worst, he said that he "didn't mention it to the family as the cat was used as a therapy cat for a young boy that was ill, so we didn't want to stress out the family thinking that this cat was never coming back."
 
But on Wednesday, August 8, Carlos was found and reunited with Wilson’s son, Josh, who has heart disease.
 
Wilson told MyCampbellRiverNow that they've had Carlson for seven years and that he’s been by Josh’s side through several open heart surgeries.
 
Wilson believes that her lost cat had been taken and dumped in the woods. According to another Valley resident whose cat was stolen from her property, several wooded areas have become a popular dumping grounds for cats that people have trapped.
 
Baker says that the family thought that “the same thing had happened to their cat because they had a feeling that something out of the ordinary had happened.”
 
"I’m so saddened that this has happened, I’m angry and I’m concerned that there are people that live in my neighborhood that would actually do something like this… I can’t imagine that someone would take the time to trap a cat–don’t bother with the SPCA, don’t bother dropping him off at the vet or whatever, but would take the time to drop him off far away, and leave him there knowing that he’s going to die a horrible death,” says Wilson.

After an extremely emotional reunion, Carlos is now back with his family.
 
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Study Suggests Little Dogs Are Dishonest About Size When Dog Marking https://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/study-suggests-little-dogs-are-dishonest-about-size-when-dog-marking-37416  
Researchers at Cornell University just published a paper in the Journal of Zoology that shows evidence that smaller dogs will lift their legs higher to create the illusion that they are bigger.
 
Dog marking is a common dog behavior, especially amongst males, and research in the past has found that it is done as a means of communication. Phys Org explains, “By sniffing the pee left by another dog, dogs can learn a lot about the dog that did the peeing—such as its gender, age, fertility and some aspects of its health. These communications occur as a means for dogs to learn more about other dogs in the area, both male and female.”
 
As stated in the published study, “Urine marking in male domestic dogs: honest or dishonest?,” McGuire, Olsen, Bemis and Orantes report, “However, new data suggest that scent marking can be dishonest in certain circumstances.”
 
It seems that dogs cannot determine the size of the dog who marked an object by merely smelling their urine, because small dogs are lifting their legs high in order to mark further up. This might be the way that other dogs can tell how big the dog is who left their mark.
 
The researchers explain that, “Via two studies, we tested the hypothesis that urine marking is a dishonest signal in adult male domestic dogs, which raise a hindlimb when marking vertical objects.” The first study tested to see if the angle at which a dog urinates is a proxy for urine mark height, and the second study looked into whether small dogs raise their legs at a higher angle than big dogs.
 
The study’s results suggest, “Assuming body size is a proxy for competitive ability, small adult male dogs may place urine marks higher, relative to their own body size, than larger adult male dogs to exaggerate their competitive ability.”
 
So it turns out that “litte dog syndrome” might not be so far-fetched after all!
 
 
 
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13 Narcotic Detection Dogs From Philippine DEA Up for Adoption https://www.petmd.com/news/lifestyle-entertainment/13-narcotic-detection-dogs-philippine-dea-adoption-37415 Image via Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency/Facebook
 
A group of narcotic detection dogs from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have retired from the force and are looking for their forever homes.
 
Some of the dogs did not pass the required fitness and mental aptitude tests that qualify dogs for police duties. The others are senior dogs that are retiring to make room for 100 incoming dogs that will be trained for narcotics detection.
 
According to a Facebook post by the PDEA, these 13 dogs “have greatly helped PDEA in executing its duties to rid our country of illegal drugs.” ABS CBN News reports that three of dogs helped detect P4.3 billion worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride, known as shabu, discovered at the Manila port.
 

 
The PDEA posted pictures and descriptions of the retired police dogs for adoption to help potential adopters get a better idea of their personalities and temperaments. Details like name, age, breed and behavior are included.
 
“These dogs who are now retired, need a family and a forever home where they will be treated as heroes and simply be dogs,” the PDEA says in the caption.
 
Interested adopters are encouraged to contact Agent Bernardo Velasquez at 09171423460.
 

 

 

 

 
 
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